How The White House Framed The Trump Statement For Members Of Congress

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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The White House Communications team sent out a list of talking points to Republican members of Congress Tuesday night backing up and defending Trump’s latest comments on the Charlottesville riots.

The communications team regularly sends out talking points to Republican congress members to help them stay on track with Trump’s message, and sent one following his press conference Tuesday that was obtained by The Atlantic. Trump reverted to the language of his initial statement on Charlottesville in the press conference by blaming “both sides” for the violence, and the brief defended his comments as one hundred percent correct.

“The President was entirely correct- both sides of the violence in Charlottesville acted inappropriately, and bear some responsibility,” the briefing read. “Despite the criticism, the President reaffirmed some of our most important Founding principles: we are equal in the eyes of our Creator, equal under the law and equal under our Constitution.”

Trump appeared to defend some of the white supremacists at the Charlottesville riots in the press conference, which was held at Trump Tower.

“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists,” Trump said at the press conference. “The press has treated them absolutely unfairly. You also had some very fine people on both sides.”

The talking points memo also mentioned that Trump did condemn the violence on both sides, but blamed the media for not accepting his statement.

“The President condemned – with no ambiguity – the hate groups fueled by bigotry and racism over the weekend, and did so by name yesterday, but for the media that will never be enough,” the statement read.

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